Indianapolis News, 10/2/1915, p. 14

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Halting Prof. Matthews in His Attempt to Misinterpret Gordon Craig - . Other Comment i;i - 'Ol:K the summer and its literary literary out;.our'ogs have receded too Ur into memory, ft is our duty to halt the attempt of a auper - r!i!n.! university nrofessor to ;ii(h tf public backward regarding the levop - tion in stage netting, which has m.Yits Id be known in this country as the new tta""craft. ' Wiitir., - on "The Evolution of Scene Painting," in the July Fcribner's. Professor Professor l'rander Matthews, of Columbia Jr.N verity, traces with little interest and plentiful detail the history of scene painting painting from the earliest days and then fon - ludt - s with these paragraph cX ttt - iatip.'ied misconception of the work of Ed ward Cordon Craig: '. Mr. ;r.l' - n Oraler, n artlat of remarkable n ':s l l' v. h;o runs far to propo o hat ! .iii'r - 't in lohtlon of scene paint nit'. ill - fk to siUin cffwta of tnawdve . lirphcuy l.y th iiw of unadorned hangings uij r( fiii( tar - re:na, ihua ubtitut - .r tart mfm f - r the realistic detail tt tm..h - rn c - ne j - rrtor. In:. n - Mi o art Mr. Cra!'s uggTtlin. f!il i. - iiuxleil aa tny b Ida protit ifa.irt the fx'sjve orrmmntatlon to which me ' prone nowaday, thrre Is no ra - " - to t - iir that h prtreiil,a will prevail, the art of th - n?. painter is t - xj wt - loome, .1 1 u - . plainly l; aroor - J with the reia - c - iioin in twnurtn c - ntury, f'r ll to ! tvuihilstM ty Wit; Cat of a darin - and re - k - innovator. That the prodm - ers should - i - - rk - n iq Mr. CrniK'a warning and curb th - ir ! - niftK y to nefji - rjctravasanre will, be hut v may rent BimjrM that a return in tee unad' iincd aim iiii'it y of the Attic th"a - t - r, or of tlia J - nghsh tii - atr In tha time of "h Tudor, la Imnkly unthinkable row that He art of - - tia j.mriilr.g has baert developed to Its iresr:t jxikhioUii In fact, the pro! a - i.ilitjr i rathtr that the acene palntera will .r,tinu ti enarra tha boundariea of thlr trrtry and to discover new mrtni and new m - i ho - ! of .J"iht tn - our eyea tijr their vo tutl'ina.of Interi - Ktiuc placea. It ia no wonder Jlr. Cralj writei "What .fid who Is Professor Brander Matthews I he a mischievous - fellow or In It only i:nraii"?'i". In the flmt plac, Matthews i .kis the - Tiilntake of Bupposlnj? that uftuini and. arpTi are the end of ioid.jn C'rais'H labors. Instead they are i n;c;ip, a ptep on the way to his Koal. i lit - ftirtainH. as any child who '.iiMiU hi. - di'diirris in "Towards a New 'I tiinter" can t - tt. Now he tines screens. "iliirt In vh;it we hell've in todav," - ilfl th - nrtiKt to me in Florence & year f;in. We d not pretend that there s arvtliini?' flnnl BtxiOt them. In fact. h h. - ive (i.?v - 'd this f!ret'!ace Insert to . tird in conrsection with the screens '.r n n Interior netting. If we discover - rpct hi ns l. - ttcr than screens tomorrow, ll crnr the B' reens Immediately. " PrDfe - mir Matthflwu'i next serious er - ur i in cHta - init to the wornout prac - !! . of pulntinrf .Hcenery at all. whereas iil Kurope followed Cra i and Appia years i' i l.i sutixtltiuing scenery 01 neutnti i.'in'S at'd cokirinf? It with llithts rather t iin with p. tint. Any one sitting in the , - r - - - tice of Cmu's model' theater or even iv:io:n!f lnt - Iii - fitly what he has written i i ti - c !'i - i und his various volumes on t;.. !hf - iter thot - M know that - Craig's 1 1.. a ! r in not a theater of "unadorned f:t,,: ii' itv " luther - it is a theater w hT - . lorn me rst h'dda tts own plorious iip.J ri.j'nr pl ice with relation to tiie rent uf the printuct Pn. Th most serious dm! viih J'rofrKor Matthews ts tiiat h - oust !e - i sc - ne "pnintlng," as he per. . - .; in ..!;!;? it. as an art and a process ,.i i :.. ! t - f ( i e of th feveral 'm - J i.i. - il i i ; r:el;'9 bo to r:,tke tip a v. - ,,'. f art in the ti.e;itr. Vou n.lght its ;i r.i - cii' - H the evolution" of the use "f '.M t,:. - round In Ptnd, - ape palntlnpr. It w,u; i ! j. - , '.. to ilo it, l..ut your effort V. o ,.J i - V ..v ,i.V lu J':'1! "1'. i'l - riinps t!i" worst - Inxtilt to the artist. however. I the implied iiarve that dor - .1 "n t'riis refil v i not seekinn "new 0 - i - iirn anil tifW lithmis of deiUhtlng our (its." I'trii hecks tmt to deliRht our rMt i.ione. lie ili.ew tiiat Incidentally and v itho - - t tiur - otiM ions kflrtWledxe of It. . ,a l.e !. 0 ) atid w hat ho wns sent t: i iiri in ! - world to do is to deliifht our t. , - ... o,r 'whole r - ."!n, and l.ft us to the :! .. - !l.t...i.t tops of life. U inn - he .tit'.Srult for some to tinder - o nut p.'iw a nt.n lixe lira nder Matthews, ,vi,, i fiH.,it Pis whole life in the t healer healer pueit ncHilet'tica'.lv. fchotild - fall so i'r h - ott if li'.uii iinn.l;ni? and - j, .. t; . y rt, 1 purposes of t5ordoa - ,"' s. To t'ior - 0 of tis who for lorg have . .o' - ',.7r ite I t'.. p - vis - .bl volubility I'f the ; l"t rofe - ..or. it is not so surprising t'u.t wi.r; - ;u',i of musty revords should ('., - , j ;rl:, to tie vlll and vital beauty , f' t e i.of spirit in the theater. Others ui o'l nve foun - V I' - .lm a potiitit a - sliant i i tit' larrors of an o. I worn l'uritan - 1 - v,'m1 who have lionorel him aa a ,.,,,, - pioneer but w tio have , .,. i ',.'! - , t tre'f '".im of the white Tame that I ,,"r'M,:,sl the Impatience sou - tired the ,, - : oi of Cr;u and Appi and tha r..vt of tue vatornard, w - t'.l pans In won - Ri d hcv'tat.ort between two irrecon - c I'lsiH - nvo steiutnsr st:itentents of ii - h I'vci these, however, are not to ho .e,' - A,ved h"; by the I'am which the pro - .'r frcf' It I the others those wlio i end n M.ttttiews as an oraclo wi:. - p.n - .t s - .:ffer by misstatement and (i r ) e iter h.t not yet come to the tuu - t s ire concrete instppces of what cmi 1.; r.abti.'r for can be cited , '. - - v to c.Tie. tmislr.terprt - tttion. The t ri, ,. - . r's o.TensA. nK'iinst the truth. here' . - .' is the prlevoun because h, v , r i's luu - t be mc - t with more ',,. and words nri never so effective in ,'.,!,! Pd exphtmlort as they, are in ,.:T. - iiFi! ar.d Klati.ier. N a retrospective or. a reactionary one, but art ideal of progress, an ideal of the future." - When th!a writer visited Mr. Archer In his London home In June, mi, he found the critic Just a keenly Interested In ! every new movement, Incinding that of Gordon Crali? and tha new staaecraft. as he had been since his youth. Perhaps he was willing to stand back and let younjrer men do the actual fighting but he la etill mere to sympathize ana encourae. Hy the Keview'a standards, however, a critic is to be despised on general principles. principles. Is not the writer of the editorial, therefore, riskini? an even deeper damnation damnation by playing the role of a critic of critics? Dy like token, we, too, are court - Ins: Immortal shame by criticising the critic of critics, and so an end to It all! a Tha coming f Elsie Ferguson to English's English's next Trlday and Saturday for her first visit to Indianapolis since she baa become a dominant figure on our stage. Is an event not likely to b surpassed this season nor often equaled. Miss Fergunon is one of those rare women of the theater whose exquisite physical beauty and charm can be recorded without shame because because sha makes use of them as a tool of an Intellect and a spiritual Insight 'with few. peers among our younger players. With the passing of Julia Marlowe from the stage, and the eclipse of Mrs. Fiske and the stagnation in Kthel Barrymore's development, Elsie Ferguson and Frances Jrtarr might he considered the lenders of our stage. Margaret Anglin I the only serious rival of the two. and while she, with tlrace Oeor'ge. command the field of hlKh comedy, their range is limited. This writer will admit no limit but their ambition ambition to Elsie Ferguson and Frances Starr. Next Week in the Local Play - - houses ' AT THE THEATERS TODAY. Murat "A Full Houw".... At 2 and Knaiiah'a - - "Tha Prince of Pilaen".. At z and t M. y. Ketth a Vaudevllla At I and S Lyceum "The Sacrifice" At z and S I.yric Vaudeville ......At J SO. :4i, 8 and 9:15 f amily Vaudeville A' 1.30, :4u, S and :!! TIEN Ruth Chatterton brought a I new play, "Daddy Long Legs,"h to English's eighteen months ago,, there was little more than a ; hope that it would be one of the ' most successful plays In a decade. When ! Kenee Kelly brings the same comedy back to English's the first half of next j week. It - will come with a record of a' sprfng and summer in Chicago, an entire ; season in New York and, at the hands of ( Miss Kelly's company, a tour to the 5 cities of the Pacific coast t Leaders of Jean Webster's novel will V remember that the story from which she made her pjay is an exceedingly up - tp - " date version of the Cinderella legend. Us : central figures are a pretty orphan girl, Judy Abbott, and a lonely bachelor, Jer - ' vis Pendleton. Pretty frocks and & caie - " rr - e iour years m college for Judy follow follow Pendleton's visit to tha John Grier home, where Judy grew up. Knowing her ! benefactor only through his letters, she calls turn Daddy Lori Legs, until one , day they meet and find that love hits come m Fp;t of distance. , ;Tb play will be presented here bv the, company wmcn Henry Miller organized last spring for San Francisco and. Eos Angeles, - it includes Kenee Kelly, a very promising young American player, as Judy Abbott! Lyron Beasley, a competent competent and thorough player, aa Pendleton; .Mr. anil Mrs. E. A. Eberle, honored vet - trans of our stage; A. Ilylton Allen,' Lucia Lucia Moore, Josephine IJernard, Julia Tar - ney, Jaopies Martin, Edward Howard, - Natalie Perry, Edna Waither and others. Elsie Ferguson comes .to Indianapolis next Friday and Saturday for the first time since she has reached a place pf prominence , on our stage and at English's ehe will appear in Hubert Henry Davies's play, " Outcast." Mr. Davle9 will be remembered remembered here for his former plays, "Cousin Kate'' and "The Mo11ubc. In his review of "Outcast" on this page last December, Walter Prlchard Euton called the play skilfully devised, hot.est ai d poKsessed of moments of very genuine genuine pathos. The story of the play he told thus: "Ueoffrey is a young Englishman who has been jilted by the girl he loves, Valentine Valentine (the author does not trouble about last names), because he was poor. He is much - broken up, and takes to drugs and drink. From this state his friends can not rescue him, but a harlot who comes into his life by accident succeeds where friends fail. He pities her, gives her food, treats her with respect, and she teils him her story, which la easily enougrh imsgined. Here, then. Is one worse ore than ne, ana when she advises him against the drink he listens. In gratitude he offers to find an apartment for her, and he makes her his mistress. . "Love for him - has. from the first, been awakened In the girl, and she Is not only faithful to him, but ahe becomes a dif ferent woman in dress, speech, thoueht. .She studies and reads, fche longs wistfully. to r,e sometning more to mm. to share In

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  1. The Indianapolis News,
  2. 02 Oct 1915, Sat,
  3. Page 14

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